Cover Crush with Colleen Turner
An opium-addicted beauty.
An infamous poet living in self-imposed exile.
An ancient treasure about to fall into the wrong hands.
Melanie Karsak’s Chasing the Star Garden takes readers on a thrilling adventure from the gritty opium dens of gaslamp London to the gem-colored waters of the ancient world. Lily Stargazer, a loveable but reckless airship racer with a famous lover and shattered past, reluctantly plunges into a centuries-old mystery in a steampunk romantic adventure best described as Dan Brown meets Mary Shelley.
It all begins on one of the worst days of Lily’s life. She just lost the London leg of the 1823 Airship Grand Prix. To top it off, a harlequin fleeing from constables shoved a kaleidoscope down her pants, told her to fly to Venice, then threw himself from her airship tower. What’s a girl to do? For Lily, the answer is easy: drink absinthe and smoke opium.
Lily’s lover, Lord Byron, encourages her to make the trip to Venice. Lily soon finds herself at the heart of an ancient mystery which has her running from her past and chasing true love and the stars along the way.
Thoughts on the cover
I have to admit up front that I have never read a steampunk novel in my life. There is no particular reason for this other than I just haven’t ever felt compelled to do so. However, after seeing this cover, I might need to change that. I can’t seem to take my eyes off of this one…there is just so much to see! I love the combination of dusky city walls and buildings, tempestuous waters and an airship floating through a twinkling sky. The complicated looking gears at the bottom are most likely a nod to the steam machinery aspect of “steampunk” but I like to think that it could also represent the hidden machinations working against our main character on her journey. Either way, this cover is just begging for me to pick it up and see what’s inside!
My initial rating based on cover: 3.0/5.0
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